Art Essentials: Learn Watercolor Painting Basics

Katie Rodgers, Fashion Illustrator, Artist

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6 Videos (44m)
    • Introduction

    • Supplies & Color Mixing

    • Painting Patent Leather

    • Painting Suede

    • Painting Sequins

    • Painting Other Textures


About This Class

Prepare, paint, and polish beautiful watercolor illustrations in this painting basics class with fashion illustrator and blogger Katie Rodgers, founder of Paper Fashion!

This class is for anyone that wants to learn the basics of watercoloring in order to start on their own fashion or illustration projects, but even the most experienced painters might pick up a new technique or two. Grab your brushes and palettes and join!

In this class, you will learn:

  • how to use watercolor paint on wet paper
  • how to use watercolor paint on dry paper
  • how to mix a color starting with the primary colors
  • how to create texture using brushes or accessories like salt and paper towels

As a way to emphasize the lessons and show off our new skills, we will all be painting a subject matter that has amazing color, texture, and structure (and also happens to be one of my favorite fashion items): SHOES!

It takes practice and experimentation to get good handle on how watercolors work and react to different processes.  While we won't be going over how to draw shoes (shoe drawing downloads will be available for you to practice on), you will know key takeaways like when to use more or less water, how to use different brushes, and how to make a basic color chart with the paint you have. 



Watercolor Fashion Paintings by Katie Rodgers, Paper Fashion

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This class is very helpful for learning to blend watercolors and also to create custom textures using watercolor.
Very nice and useful little class. It was my basically 1st time I ever used watercolors and I found exercises being very helpful. I couldnt imagine I'd be able to draw shoes!
Pretty basic but really well explained and it's interesting to see it applied to shoes. Gives you a new understanding of the applications of watercolor.





Katie Rodgers

Fashion Illustrator, Artist

Katie Rodgers created the site Paper Fashion in 2009 as an outlet to share her fantastical watercolors with the world. It has since taken her on an incredible journey…

Katie grew up in a small country town just outside of Atlanta, GA. Living in the country with three brothers, she would often escape into her own imaginative worlds. Her aunt gifted Katie her first professional set of watercolors before the age of 7, and needless to say, she fell head over heels in love with them. Fashion, whimsy, and nature have forever been lurking inside her mind and onto the blank pages of her watercolor blocks.

Katie currently resides in New York City.

She has been commissioned by the likes of Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Valentino, Swarovski, Clé de Peau, Lancome, Coach, Alicia Keys, Perrier Jouet, Lacoste, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Glamour Magazine among others.